Giovanni Casadio has spent the lockdown studying to pursue his dream of becoming a car mechanic, so we’ve helped him out by buying him a laptop.
Bournemouth vendor Gio has been studying maths and English with The Open University with a view to starting a car mechanics college course in September.
But he was forced to access the distance learning course on his phone during the Covid-19 lockdown – we have supported him by buying a laptop to use for his studies. We have also been helping Gio, 30, with cash and food vouchers while he has been unable to sell the magazine on his pitch in Sandbanks.
I’m finding it a bit scary getting back into education but Kirsten in The Big Issue office has been a big help
Kenyan-born Gio, who moved to the UK when he was 16 years old and has been selling the magazine on and off since he was 18, has been so moved by The Big Issue’s help that he has vowed to pay back the money for the laptop despite there being no requirement for him to do so.
He said: “I want to open up my own garage to work on cars, outboards and all kinds of vehicles really. I’ve got experience doing it in the past but I have forgotten quite a lot because I was on tablets for my mental health that have affected my memory.
“My dad had a diesel technical garage in Kenya and we used to fix everything from Cessna aeroplanes to combine harvesters to tanks for the British army. I try explaining that to people here and they look at me and laugh like I’m nuts. I’ve been trying to get into the industry for a while and just need to get the qualification through the Open University.